Sorting and Stowing Rope.
Whaling expeditions required miles of the finest quality
ropes and here they are on a factory ship on its way to Antarctica being
sorted out. Ropes are used primarily by the catcher boats to attach
to the harpoons and haul the captured whales in with. If the ropes are
not up to standard, then the whale will be lost and the whole enterprise
pointless, so great care and expense is spent on the correct choice,
purchase and handling of the ropes.
Before reaching the whaling grounds, the ropes must
be divided up and stowed aboard the catcher boats so each is always
ready to catch the next whale and doesn't waste any time on unprepared